Snow Day Policies

Snow days can be a challenge for businesses.  Some companies have a ‘business as usual’ policy and expect employees to come to work even if the roads are hazardous.  Others may allow employees to work from home or take the day off with pay.  It’s important for businesses to have a clear policy in place … Continued

Ask Your HR Professional: Bonuses

It’s time for another edition of “Ask your HR Professional!” This time we are going to look at bonuses. ‘Tis the season! As 2022 is wrapping up, many organizations find themselves in a place where they will be giving bonuses to employees. At the end of 2021, XperHR conducted a Salary Budget Survey for 2022 … Continued

Surviving the Holidays Starts with Self-Care

This is a guest blog post authored by Carol Doggett, Senior Director of Marketing Communications and Outreach at Mental Health Advocates of WNY Tis the Season! SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS STARTS WITH SELF-CARE   Self-care is something we should prioritize year-round, but it is especially important during the holiday season when things become more hectic and … Continued

HR Tips for an Impending Recession

Are we headed for a recession?  Most indices point in that direction. An economic recession is defined as “significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy lasting more than two quarters, normally visible in GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.” This translates to an unstable economic environment that affects business owners, … Continued

Delegating for Success

As the Great Resignation/Great Reshuffle/“Quiet Quitting” trend continues, it is important to look at delegating. It is very common for employees to leave their company due to burnout, or because they feel a lack of ability to contribute. So, where should you start to improve this aspect of the employee experience? The first thing for … Continued

Creating Work-Life Balance

66% of full-time employees in the United States don’t believe they have a healthy work-life balance. Without this balance (or perceived balance), employees become burned out. Burned out employees have lower levels of productivity and morale. While one might think that it is the responsibility of the employees to create the balance for themselves, it … Continued

Managing Disability Accommodation Requests

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for them to do their jobs.  Here are five tips for how employers can engage more effectively with employees on disability accommodation … Continued

Celebrating Pride Day

ESC believes in the employer’s responsibility to create a supportive, respectful, and inclusive work environment. In such a workplace, everyone feels that they are a part of the organization and its mission, and all workers are respected for the value they add to the organization.  Here are some ways your organization can be more inclusive … Continued

Creating a Culture of Accountability

A culture of accountability increases productivity, customer service, and job satisfaction. It removes obstacles like pointing fingers and placing blame. To build accountability, reword your questions to focus on action. Start with “what” or “how” instead of “why” – the victim, “when” – procrastination, or “who” – the blame storm. Ramp up coaching with the … Continued

Mental Health Matters

Welcome to June! Here is your friendly reminder that while the month of May – Mental Health Awareness Month – has ended, mental health should continue to be at the forefront of your priorities. The results of studies done by Mental Health America indicated that positive workplace mental health requires investment (i.e., time, intention, and … Continued